I keep telling myself, I’m a READER, not a writer! There are so many great books and talented writers out there. Who needs one more? What do I have to say that hasn’t been said much better by someone else?
Here’s a writer who struggles much the same way I do. I count her among the ones I love reading, especially now that her own self-doubt has made her dear to me.
Let her encourage you, too…
Helen Hanson said:
“Inspiration is the windfall from hard work and focus. Muses are too unreliable to keep on the payroll.”
Have you seen the movie ‘The Muse’ directed by Albert Brooks, and starring Albert Brooks and Sharon Stone? It is a 1999 comedy about a neurotic screenwriter suffering from writer’s block, and his modern-day muse.
I used to believe that muse, i.e. inspiration, comes to us writers like a bolt of lightning, and at once with a feverish excitement and a twinkle in our eyes we begin to write. Well I never experienced anything like that. As a beginning writer I struggle with self doubt for days on end. That painstaking urge to believe that everything I have ever written or will ever write is a total mess haunts me like a ghost.
Writers differ in their views on almost anything related to the art and craft of writing…
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